DVC has partnered with SCV-DVCAP to offer support to individuals that are seeking legal protection from domestic violence through the judicial system. The advocates’ role is to provide support for anyone who is seeking protection from domestic violence. They ensure that victims are well informed of all their options before deciding on a course of action. They will help to ensure that victims receive the support and assistance they need to navigate through the complexity of the court system.
The DVCAP advocate’s role with the victim is short term and they do not provide on going case management. They will advocate on behalf of clients and build relationships with other key partners at the Santa Clarita Courthouse and the Santa Clarita Sheriff station in order to gain specialist knowledge about the systems and services available to meet the individual needs of those experiencing a domestic violence situation.
The court advocate’s role is to be a support person for the victims throughout their domestic violence court case by:
- Offering emotional support
- Explaining court procedures
- Accompanying victims to court proceedings
- Providing general information and referrals to additional social/legal service resources
- Helping victims develop a safety plan
SCV-DVCAP volunteers are advocates and do not operate under any government entity. Advocates are not attorneys and do not provide victims with legal advice, or representation. If an individual needs legal advice he/she will be referred to a legal service. SCV-DVCAP services are offered at no cost.
To contact a court advocate, please call the DVC Outreach Center at (661) 259-8175.
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